Friday, January 31, 2014

Green Smoothies for Every Season

Title: Green Smoothies for Every Season
Author:  Kristine Miles
Publication Information:  Ulysses Press. 2013. 128 pages.

Book Source:  I received this book through the GoodReads First Reads program free of cost in exchange for an honest review. The book arrived as a hardcover edition.

Favorite Quote:  "If you have never had a green smoothie before, I can assure you that they taste a lot better than they look or sound."

Green Smoothies for Every Season is not a beginner's book, i.e. not for someone new to smoothies or green smoothies. The table of contents for the book reads: Introduction, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The Introduction is about a third of the book.

The book in total has only about 50 recipes. The recipes themselves are simply a list of ingredient combinations because beyond that the directions for a smoothie are simple - Blend together and enjoy. You may have to rely on the instruction of your blender in terms of how and in which order to add ingredients.

  • The introduction includes a discussion on the health benefits and nutrients of green smoothies, seasonality of produce, and the use of other ingredients like sweeteners, herbs, and protein.
  • Each section starts with a list of the produce in season and its characteristics and benefits.
  • The actual recipes are set apart from the text by the fact that they are printed on green paper. So, by looking for the green sections, I can get to the recipes quickly.

  • The book has only a high level table of content.
  • Some recipe titles (which are indexed) are cute rather than informational. "Pacific Sunset" and "Don't Worry, Be Happy" are two examples.
  • Some of the recipes rely on produce and greens such as kumquats, passion fruits, dandelion greens, borage leaves, tender pea shoots, that may not be readily available.
  • The book only has about 50 recipes.

If you are looking for a resource on green smoothies, there are probably better sources out there. This one may not be staying in my cookbook collection.

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